Geode by Lesley-Anne Gotts
I recently updated the images on the Gallery sections of this site to welcome 2019. What struck me was the amazing variation in our members' work. We may all consider ourselves "painters" or "artists" but those words encompass a delightfully wide range of styles and approaches.
The staple of most art clubs is watercolour. Despite it being a notoriously difficult medium to master, many artists start their journeys with this. For a start it is easy to transport and splashes wash off easily! The same can't be said for acrylic or oils.
Oils were the medium of the "Old Masters" though the smells involved - turps or whatever - were off-putting, at least until the arrival of so-called "water- mixable oils.
Acrylics are a relatively modern invention with a significantly faster drying time to oils - good or bad news depending on your style.
Pastels seem to be less used but create stunning images in accomplished hands. As does charcoal or even coloured pencils.
You can see all these represented by our artists. Some prefer to stick to one medium while others dip in-and-out, maybe depending on the chosen subject or simply their mood on the day. Some create "mixed media" work, never being restricted to a single variant.
And, of course, you can see wonderful variation in the subjects chosen. We have a few dedicated animal painters or landscapists. Some members prefer to paint in a very realistic manner; others are looser in their style and use of colour. We even have a sprinkling of abstract artists, some using interesting new ways that encourage paint to flow in mind-boggling ways.
Whatever the chosen method our artists have two things in mind. The first is simply to enjoy making art. To allow the passion we feel to flow through into our work. Secondly, we do hope that people who view our work will react to it. Some you will like; some may leave you cold.
As a club, we hope there is more than enough selection here for everyone to find something they like.